Ekaterina Barabanova, SCTMS research assistant, returned from a week-long internship to Moscow. From November 25 to December 5, she conducted a number of studies and training experiments at A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences (INEOS RAS) and visited the Kurchatov Institute.
Ekaterina worked at the Laboratory for X-Ray Diffraction Studies — X-Ray Structural Centre (XRSC) of the INEOS RAS under the leadership of Dr. Aleksandr Korlyukov and Dr. Anna Vologzhanina.
During the trip, she conducted an analysis of the samples synthesized in Samara to identify crystallinity. Ekaterina managed to identify about 10 crystalline samples suitable for single crystal analysis. Now she is preparing CIF-files with a description of the crystallographic data of the obtained substances. Ekaterina also performed a quantitative and qualitative X-ray diffraction analysis of a number of structures synthesized by her on a powder diffractometer and mastered the skills of working in the program for analyzing TOPAS powder images. Monocrystal analysis methods were also studied – the synthesized structures were analyzed in the OLEX2 program and examined using a polarizing microscope.
A number of structures were analyzed using synchrotron radiation (Kurchatov synchrotron radiation source) in The Kurchatov Center for Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology (KCSRN).
“In general, I am very pleased with the trip and thankful to the scientists who worked with me this week, – says Ekaterina. – I was taught to decipher the powdergrams, showed a lot of the necessary techniques. And, of course, the Kurchatov Institute makes a completely indelible impression and at least I was very lucky to visit there, and I even managed to work on the equipment of this scientific center”.